ALL ABOUT WATCH BUCKLES

The watch clasp is what we can call a size detail! Indeed, this small element that we do not always look at, however, is of great importance since it is thanks to him that your watch will hold correctly on your wrist, will open and close easily.

The watch loops

We suggest you to go around the various loop systems.

The pin buckle

This is the most common locking system. The buckle is composed of a buckle on one side of the bracelet and a metal rod on the other. This one will slip in the small holes of the bracelet, in the same way as for a belt.

This type of clasp is generally used for timepieces made of leather, plastic or silicone, but never for metal bracelets. It can also take many forms, colors, and decline in several materials depending on the watch. The main advantage is to be able to adjust the size of the bracelet very accurately, especially for people with fine wrists.


The simple folding clasp

This system is the second most common. It is particularly practical because even if the mechanism opens, the bracelet remains attached to the wrist instead of falling and simply close it. Thus the bracelet never opens completely in two parts.

The single folding clasp is articulated and composed of a single “V” joint. It unfolds (opening) then folds on itself (closing) with a push. It is used for most steel bracelets.

This type of closure is metal (steel, gold or silver) and takes different forms, more or less wide.

Some watches are also equipped with an additional security system consisting of blocking the clasp, especially for sports models, thus avoiding that the model does not open impromptu in case of movement too pronounced.


Double butterfly or folding clasp

Compared to the simple folding clasp, this one is composed of two joints and hidden under the bracelet when the watch is closed. It opens by pressing the two small buttons protruding discreetly on each side of the bracelet. This system is particularly used on ceramic bracelets and appreciated for its discretion.


Clip Clasp/Ratchet

This system is similar to that of the folding clasp, but more simple since it involves the clip on the bracelet by pressing it. It is found on several metal bracelets, especially on vintage watches. It is also appreciated for its discretion since it merges with the links of the bracelet.


Sliding clasp

The latter is close enough to the clip clasp but can adjust the size of the bracelet by just sliding it, and therefore to perfectly adjust it to the wrist.


Some watches do not need a clasp as on models with elastic strap for example. Other fabric models have scratch bracelets but this system is not the safest and wears out pretty quickly.